ALTRA Project (2006-2008)

The project aimed to provide an innovative, gender focused in-prison pilot socio-educational programme for women who have suffered gender violence and for men who have committed violence against women in intimate relationships.

MONA participated in the trans-national project ALTRA that addresses the problem of the high occurrence of gender-based violence in the lives of imprisoned women, a lot of whom have suffered gender-based violence, and of imprisoned men, many of whom have committed violence against women.

The project sought to provide, on the basis of a human rights- and gender-orientation and research on similar implemented programs in the EU, an approach to gender-based violence that may enable women and men in prisons in their later life to avoid such violence. The project aimed to provide an innovative, gender focused in-prison pilot socio-educational programme for women who have suffered gender violence and for men who have committed violence against women in intimate relationships.

Project partners:
SURT (Barcelona, Spain)
Packhaus (Kiel, Germany)
MONA Foundation for the Women of Hungary (Budapest, Hungary)

Results of the 2-year project were:

1. Two research reports on existing similar programmes (including educational, therapeutic or other programmes) were produced, based on consultation with a group of experts (task force groups) in each country and on secondary research by the partners. The reviewed programmes included:
a) Existing forms of in-prison and out-of-prison programmes for both target groups – women and men – in Germany, Hungary and Spain.

Comparative Report Hungary/ Germany/ Spain: Programmes within and outside of prisons for women who have suffered gender violence and for men who have perpetrated gender violence (PDF)

b) Main types of existing in-prison treatment programmes for both target groups implemented in European Union Member States, their results, and best practice for both target groups.

Programmes in prisons in European Union Member States for women who have experienced gender violence and for men who have committed violence against women (PDF)

2. Subsequently, the development and implementation of pilot programmes for both target groups (victims and perpetrators of gender-based violence) in two penitentaries in Hungary and in Catalonia, Spain took place, on the basis of consultation with experts in the field and the findings of the secondary research. The Hungarian programme was based on a human rights-based approach and a critical analysis of gender relations, and its main goals were awareness-raising about the issue and crime prevention. The pilot programmes started out with around 10 people in each group and ran for 6 months, under the coordination of selected facilitators and professional supervisors, also involving prison staff in the facilitation of the participants where appropriate. During the implementation of the pilot programme, prison personnel were informed about the professional approach of the project and the aspects of violence against women that are relevant to the issue of imprisonment.

The methodologies and experiences of the different pilot projects carried out in the two countries can be found in the book below, which can also be ordered in a printed form from our Foundation. (See link: Kiadványaink /Publications/):

Tackling Gender Violence in Prison: Manual of In-Prison Programmes against Gender-Based Violence (PDF)

The project was coordinated by Réka Sáfrány.

Our national consulted partners were:

NANE Women’s Rights Association
Váltósáv – Changing Lane Foundation
BVOP – National Penitentiary Administration

The project took place with the support of the European Commission’s Daphne II Program to combat violence against children, young people and women.

The project’s website.

 

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